Press releases

Public lecture to be held on the implications of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East for Commonwealth Africa, 18 March 2011

Thursday 17 March 2011
School of Advanced Study
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies - a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study - will host a public lecture on Friday 18 March 2011 on ‘Winds of change 2011: the implications of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East for Commonwealth Africa’. The lecture will be given by James Robbins, Diplomatic Correspondent for the BBC News; Fergus Nicoll, The World Today & BBC World Service; and Dr Maha Abdul-Rahman, University of Cambridge.

Minister of State Lord Howell to give public lecture on ‘The Commonwealth – a global network for the 21st century’, 9 March 2011

Thursday 3 March 2011
School of Advanced Study
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies - a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study - will host a public lecture by the Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford on Wednesday 9 March 2011. Lord Howell’s lecture, on ‘The Commonwealth – a global network for the 21st century’ will be the first major speech in the UK by a government minister on the Coalition's attitude to the Commonwealth.

Associate Director of President Obama’s Fiscal Commission Marc Goldwein to give public lecture on ‘America’s deficit problem: can it be conquered?’

Monday 14 February 2011
School of Advanced Study
Press release date: 14 February 2011 The United States Presidency Centre (USPC) at the Institute for the Study of the Americas - a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study - will host a public lecture by Marc Goldwein on ‘America’s deficit problem: can it be conquered?’ on 28 February 2011.

Dr David James Cantor awarded UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service grant to investigate the application of international reparation principles to refugees and international protection practices

Thursday 3 February 2011
School of Advanced Study
Date released: 03 February 2011 Dr David Cantor , of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies , has been awarded a UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) small grant for his project entitled “Colombia and the reparation of refugees: How should reparation be made to victims who cannot return to their country?”

State of the Union: The rise of 'we'

Tuesday 1 February 2011
Institute of Latin American Studies
Prepared with the help of Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, a commentary is available on the BBC news website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12266198 on words that prominently feature in every US presidential State of the Union message. As President Barack Obama prepares to address Congress, here is an analysis of the ups and downs of the 10 nouns and adjectives (and one pronoun) used most often since 1790. The most commonly used words are "the" and "of", followed by "to", "and", "in", "a" and "that"- and so on.

United States Presidency Centre UK Survey of US Presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt is first; George W. Bush in bottom ten; Barack Obama highly rated

Monday 17 January 2011
School of Advanced Study
(London, January 17, 2011) – The United States Presidency Centre [USPC] of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study) has conducted the first ever UK scholarly survey of US presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush, with an interim assessment of Barack Obama.

Results of first UK Scholars’ Survey of US Presidents: George Washington to Barack Obama to be released 17 January 2011

Monday 10 January 2011
School of Advanced Study
The United States Presidency Centre (USPC) of the Institute for the Study of the Americas has conducted the first ever UK scholars’ survey of US presidential performance. The survey findings will be posted on the USPC website ( www.americas.sas.ac.uk/research/USPC.html ) on January 17, 2011 from 5pm, just before President Obama starts his third year in office.

Professor Alan Paterson OBE to give the 2010 Hamlyn Lectures Series on ‘Lawyers and the Public Good’

Tuesday 30 November 2010
School of Advanced Study
Professor Alan Paterson OBE, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, University of Strathclyde, will deliver three lectures in December 2010 on the theme of ‘Lawyers and the Public Good’. The lecture series will examine the relationship between lawyers and the public, in particular some of the problems associated with how best to determine the public good - the best interests of the public - in relation to lawyers, judges and access to justice.

Louise Arbour to be awarded honorary doctorate at the School of Advanced Study’s 2010 graduation ceremony

Tuesday 23 November 2010
School of Advanced Study
The Honourable Louise Arbour CC GOQ, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa at the School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony on Friday 3 December 2010. This honour recognises a lifetime of achievement by Louise Arbour in the field of human rights. Louise Arbour has served as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group since July 2009. Previously she acted as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008.

Fraternité conference will bring together wide-ranging multidisciplinary approaches from scholars, practitioners and artists to discuss justice, memory and reconciliation after mass atrocity

Wednesday 13 October 2010
School of Advanced Study
The Human Rights Consortium and the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study are very pleased to present the concluding conference of the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series, ‘ Fratricide and Fraternité : Understanding and Repairing Neighbourly Atrocity’ , funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 28-29 October 2010. 

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